I'm sitting here on New Years Eve going through my brand-new copy of Garritan Personal Orchestra, going through all the instruments one at a time.
At Belmont College in Nashville in the late 1980s, the Music Department and the music business department in the School of Business worked out a compromise for their students. To fulfill the science requirement, they forced the physics department to offer a class in acoustics, which all students must take.
I got in the class and it was obvious that the professor did not want to teach the class and looked down on all the business and music students. I learned later that he was a metalurgist and total non-musician.
The entire quarter's class consisted of learning facts from a book. There was not one note played, not one sound heard, in the entire length of the course. The students had nothing with which to reference anything they learned, unless it was from their own out-of-class experience. I asked the professor why he couldn't at least play us recordings of a square wave, a sawtooth wave, or a sine wave, to show us the difference, and he just grumbled something about the physics department not having sufficient resources to provide any sounds. I'm serious.
My favorite part was when the professor showed us (in the textbook) a Fourier analysis of a krummhorn and remarked on what an interesting sounding instrument it was. Now I had actually heard a krummhorn, and when I quizzed him, it was apparent to me that he had not the faintest idea what one sounded like. He thought it sounded like a trumpet (it sounds like a kazoo).
What a difference it would have made if we had Garritan Personal Orchestra and a programmable digital reverb on a laptop with a keyboard and speakers to play in class. Acoustics and Physics of Sound would actually come alive and mean something.